Stories of Resilience: Life and Identity in East Tennessee
Competition in Three Categories: Written Story, Voice Recording, and Film
Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2021
We all have heard that one story that changed our life, that one that pushed us all to go further--to become ourselves. Maybe it was your grandmother, a teacher, a best friend, the love of your life, or even an unknown person standing next to you in the supermarket. Or maybe it was a book or a film! When you heard, read, or watched that one story, everything else clicked. The world started to make more sense and you were able to move forward.
It might also be the case that you were fortunate enough to hear more than one story, or even that you have lived your life in a way that inspires others by fearlessly sharing your own stories, your experiences, in which case I should thank you for that because the fact is: stories are what make us who we are. It is how we make sense of things, and by sharing our stories, we help others in their identity process formation as well.
Of all stories, the stories of resilience are frequently the ones that help people the most in their process of becoming. Learning about how others persevered through their difficult times shows us how to survive our own struggles. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for instance, will forever stand as a great, positive example of resilience for women all over the world. And so will Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., César Chávez, Abraham Lincoln, and so so many others who, each in their own unique way, continue to inspire this great nation. Their lives, their stories, even after their passing, will forever inspire people to do better, to be better.
The Language and Culture Resource Center, together with the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Alliance and ETSU Film and Media Studies, invites you to share your own stories of resilience with the people around you. Maybe you have something to tell about how you are dealing with the pandemic, for instance, or about your childhood. We understand resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, racism, threats, prejudice, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. Any story that deals with resilience will be considered. We are interested in stories that are inspirational. We want to hear stories of resilience that you believe have helped you to become you.
There are three categories for you to enter our competition. The first place of each category will receive a cash prize of $300, and each second place $200, and each third place $100.
The three categories are:
- written stories
For written stories:
- Send your submissions to email@example.com
- Use Times New Roman font size 12
- 1.5 line spacing
- Aligned to the left
- Record yourself with your phone
- Send the recording to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use any camera or technology you have available to make a short film
- Share a viewing link using Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo or similar to email@example.com
For all categories, please include a pseudonym to be used to identify your submission throughout the review process. That way all stories will be read, heard, and watched, by unbiased reviewers.
All chosen submissions, and not only the three first places, will be featured accordingly:
- in a book
- on ETSU WETS radio and Jonesborough McKinney Center
- at the 2021 Appalachian Film Festival.
You may choose to remain anonymous, in which case the story will be published/shared with the pseudonym of your choice. The deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2021.
Stories will be judged on 4 criteria:
- Resilience factor
- Potential community impact
- Overall organization
We will not judge grammar, but rather offer a free grammar review to help you deliver your story most effectively.
When crafting your story, we suggest you think about answering questions such as:
- What makes your story unique?
- How does it demonstrate resilience?
- Why does your story matter?
- Why would it be impactful to others?
- How did your story change you?
- How did you overcome that adversity?
We look forward to seeing submissions from all creators, regardless of experience, from all backgrounds. Keep growing and resisting.
LCRC is happy to announce the "Ardis L. Nelson Language and Culture Scholarship"
- 3.0 GPA minimum
- The Ardis L. Nelson Language and Culture Scholarship: Applicants are required to be an incoming or current undergraduate or graduate student at ETSU. It is preferred that each applicant: 1) exemplify a commitment to the goals of the Language and Culture Resource Center; 2) be a bilingual student, with an interest in Spanish/English translation and/or Interpreting as a career; 3) show seriousness of purpose in his or her academics pursuits; 4) demonstrate a need based on economic considerations.
- Fill out the application and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click her for downloading theApplication
- Attach an essay on "Why I Deserve this Scholarship"
- Please include your ETSU E number with the essay or application form
- This scholarship is awarded yearly
- The deadline for this scholarship is the first Monday of March.